Barbara Ledermann Rodbell


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This is a project I did for my english class on a Jewish Holocaust surviver.

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Barbara Ledermann Rodbell

  1. 1. Barbara Ledermann Rodbell by Jasmine B.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Barbara Ledermann Rodbell was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. Her family considered themselves more German than Jewish. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>As children Barbara and her sister loved music, but Barbara had a special love for dancing. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Her father, Franz, was a prominent lawyer with many non-Jewish clients. But when Hitler came into power he lost his job, so she and her family moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Barbara and her sister Susanna later became close friends with Anne Frank. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Even when the Nazis invaded Holland her father still believed that the law would prevail. </li></ul><ul><li>Said by Barbara Ledermann from “My father just didn't want to believe something like that (genocide of the Jews) was possible- it’s very understandable. He just couldn’t believe the humanistic Germans he knew would do such a thing.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>When Barbara was seventeen she meet and fell in love with Manfred Grunberg. He and his friends convinced Barbara of the Nazis plans for the Jews and that she should join the resistance. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Barbara was given false identification papers. </li></ul><ul><li>Said by Barbara Ledermann from “I changed my name, took off my star, and became a non-Jewish person.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Because of her street smarts, determination, blond hair, and Aryan looks she escaped Nazi roundups twice. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, Barbra’s parents and sister were captured and sent to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Barbara, Manfred and his sister Magda, rented a room in a German home and hid Jews in the house. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Barbara risked being recognized as a non-Jew in a city where many knew her. But the danger increased when she began performing with famous ballerina Yvonne Georgi (who was rumored to be a friend of Hitler) and the audiences were usually full of German officers. </li></ul><ul><li>Yvonne Georgi </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Despite this, she used her papers and position as a dancer to be out past curfew and transfer Jews to different hiding spots. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Barbara’s friends did not suspect that she was using her position in the ballet as part of the resistance. But it became too dangerous to dance in public, so they revealed her identity to Yvonne Georgi. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Yvonne never reveled Barbara’s secret to any Germans, but asked Barbara to leave. Barbara never found out why she was fired until years later. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Barbara still helped with the resistance by harboring Jews, delivering food, and smuggling them underground newspapers. </li></ul><ul><li>The resisters did not know much about the activities each person did so that if they were captured, no information could be provided. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Barbara continued to dance, act, and model after the war. She later moved to the United States and joined the Ringling Brothers Circus. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Barbara became tired of traveling and she quit and got a job in Baltimore selling cosmetics. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Barbara met Martin Rodbell in an amateur theater group, married him and had four children. Her husband won a Nobel Prize in medicine in 1994. </li></ul>
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